Ryan Boylan and Brutis are inseparable pals. Boylan tells Clearwater’s WFLA News Channel 8, “I can’t imagine not being around her.” As for Brutis, she always has a shoulder to lean on. Problem is, Brutis is a squirrel, and property managers at Boylan’s Clearwater Beach condo, who discovered his furry friend in April, say Brutis has got to go or Boylan will be evicted. Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW The condo board found out about Brutis after she was chased up a tree by a dog. Boylan, 40, said he rescued the rodent last September after Hurricane Matthew. Man and critter bonded, Boylan said, because he has post-traumatic stress after a 2004 car accident and Brutis provides emotional support. Many people have traditional domesticated animals like service dogs or even cats for emotional support. But Boylan, who appealed to the state’s Office of Human Rights, which sent a letter to the board on his behalf stating the Fair Housing Act, wants to keep Brutis. The condo board at Island Walk Condominiums, however, said exotic animals are not allowed. The board sent notice in October that Boylan is in violation of his lease. In addition, the board’s attorneys said he did not submit paperwork that Brutis is an emotional support animal until July and did not seek approval from the board to keep the pet. Boylan’s doctor, Scott Murphy, who has cared for Boylan since 2004, wrote a prescription report for an emotional support animal for his patient who suffers from several herniated discs in his lower back following a car accident. “Due to his emotional disability, Ryan Boylan has certain limitations coping with what would otherwise be considered normal but significant day to day situations. To help alleviate these challenges and to enhance his day to day functionality, I have prescribed Ryan to obtain emotional support animal(s),” his letter to the board, posted by News Channel 8, reads. “The presence of the animal(s) is necessary for the emotional/mental health of Ryan Boylan because its presence will mitigate the symptoms he is currently experiencing.” Brutis the squirrel chews on a nut